If you want to score some serious brownie points next Valentine’s Day, give your beloved a copy of FM 23-5, also known as the Basic Field Manual for the U.S. Rifle, Caliber .30, M1. This gem, put out by the War Department in 1940, details how to care for and use the immortal M1 Garand, but it also includes a wealth of information on marksmanship and shooting drills.
One of the illustrations shows proper way to shoot from the seated position with a shooting sling, which is a skill all but lost among most hunters.
Although taking seated shots — for all practical purposes — is irrelevant for today’s soldiers, it is the best all-around field position for a hunter to master because it is quick to get into, helps your muzzle clear vegetation and other obstacles, and with a couple of modifications is accurate at very long ranges. Without a doubt, I’ve killed more game from that one position than any other, and I have learned to adapt it to a variety of terrain and circumstances.
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Join the +ONE MovementOne hunt can be all it takes to create a new hunter for life. With your help, we can recruit the next generation of hunters and shooters and grow America’s hunting heritage like never before. Join the +ONE Movement and invite a friend on your next hunt. Share your passion with posts on social media with #PlusOneMovement and #LetsGoHunting.
I have a love/hate relationship with deer decoys – but the more I understand where and when to use them, the more I love them.By Bob Robb Back in the Dark Ages of whitetail hunting, before food plots and sophisticated trail cameras and quality deer management and YouTube videos and a plethora of hunting TV shows on cable and all of that, I learned a lot about deer hunting from friends who spent more time in the woods than most sane folks would consider healthy. One of them was Gary Clancy, an outdoor writer and deer hunter extraordinaire from Minnesota who was taken from us far too early, in 2016, by a cancer caused by Agent Orange exposure when he served as an Army point man in Vietnam. Clancy was a soft-spoken, down-to-earth guy who loved to laugh. When he talked about whitetail hunting, I listened, because he knew his stuff. He was one of the first men I know of to start using decoys seriously for deer hunting. His classic 200-plus page book, Rattling & Decoying Whitetails, became a sort of bible on the topic. Gary was killing bucks over decoys that were crude by today’s standards, learning, as he went, the old-fashioned way, through trial and error. What he taught me back then still applies today, and his simple yet effective techniques are even more deadly when using modern decoys.